Last Updated: July 4, 2012 10:25am
Rafael Nadal: Will take two weeks off after suffering tendinitis in his knee
Rafael Nadal has revealed he will take two weeks off to protect a knee injury in the hope of ensuring he is fit for the Olympic Games in London.
The Spaniard, who suffered a shock second round Wimbledon exit at the hands of unheralded Lukas Rosol last week, is currently suffering from tendinitis in his knee.
As a result the 11-time grand slam champion has been forced to pull out of a charity match against world number one Novak Djokovic at Madrid's Bernabeu stadium on July 14.
Nadal is hoping this will prove to be merely a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics which begin at the end of the month.
"I want to apologise to all, in particular to the fans that had already purchased a ticket to such a good cause, but unfortunately we won't be able to play for the moment that match in Madrid," he stated.
"The doctors have been checking my knee and I suffer a tendinitis which will have me away from any practice or matches for 15 days, which makes it impossible to play with Novak Djokovic as we'd expected and announced.
"I was with my doctors on Monday and started already my treatment with the goal to be ready for the London Olympic Games and represent Spain once again."
Nadal confirmed he hoped to recommence his training schedule in two weeks, adding: "I will now work on my rehab as well as taking some short holidays to resume my practice in 15 days."
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